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CNN
Sep 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
can you top michelle obama? >> believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. yeah. we were so young, so in love, and so in debt. and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down. because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. so in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have the same opportunity. he reminds me that we are playing a long game here. and that change is hard. and change is slow. and it never happens all at once. but eventually, we get there. we always do. we get there because of folks like my dad. folks like barack's grandmother. men and women who said to themselves, i may not have a chance to fulfill my drea
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 9:00am PDT
romney's speech on the personal side of her husband, well, tonight is michelle obama's turn. she's not going to have to work as hard to convince folks that president obama is likable. take a look at this recent poll. this is a "washington post" poll. 61% of registered voters say that the president seems more friendly and likable compared to 27% for romney. we're going to have more ahead, what we can expect from the first lady. >>> also coming up, the spotlight tonight on a rising star in the democratic party. we're talking about san antonio julian castro following in the footsteps of bill clinton and barack obama, hoping he'll appeal to the growing latino population. here's a look at the man and the mission that he's facing. >> it's been my pleasure to serve as mayor. >> reporter: meet julian castro, popular latino mayor of san antonio, texas, and a darling of the democratic base who will deliver the keynote speech at the national convention in charlotte. democrats have a long tradition of rolling out the party's rising stars for such an honor. >> the keynote speech is to set the t
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 10:00am PDT
heard ann romney's speech on the personal side of her husband. tonight it is michelle obama's time and her turn. she's not going to have to work as hard to convince people that president obama is likable. check it out. in a recent "washington post" poll, 61% of registered voters said the president seems more friendly and likable compared to 27% for romney. so what does michelle obama need to say tonight to get democrats revved up, convince voters that her husband should get another four years? office? we're going to talk about it, bring in our republican consultant, cnn contributor, alex, and cow c-founder of rebu the dream. good to see you guys both. in person. i love this. cnn grill. likability. you know, alex, you're always talking about i don't have to have a beer with a guy, you know, the economy's really important. but people do want to be able to feel like the person in office gets it, they trust him, they know him well. did he do -- did ann romney do a good enough job last week not to have that be an issue this week? >> i used to work with mitt romney. i always told him if
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
they have heard from michelle obama. so is the pressure higher for mrs. obama to really sort of punch through, get her message out there, and get headlines for tomorrow? >> it's true, people have been listening to michelle obama for four years now, even more than that. but actually, i've got to tell you, a lot of politicians love to say their spouses are their secret weapons. but in this case, it certainly seems to be true for the first family. because if you look at the last cnn orc poll, came out something like june, looked into this, it showed that michelle obama actually has a higher favorability rating than president obama. something like 65 to 56%. so that's going to be on display. also, michelle obama's appeal to women. certainly a very big deal. there are going to be other speakers here at the dnc also pushing that issue we've heard so much about. lilly ledbetter whose name is really synonymous with the fight for women's equal pay. sandra fluke, whose name is synonymous with the fight for birth control. so michelle obama fits into that also. a big night for her, certainl
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 8:00am PDT
herself, michelle obama. and the keynote skooep speaker is a guy you may not know right now, but mark my words, you're going to know him tomorrow, and you're going to know him in probably the next four and eight years. more on that in a moment. but cnn's joe johns is watching all of this live. he joins me. joe, we watched at the rnc when ann romney kicked off that first night, and it was -- really, it was such a great speech. people will say what they will about a party that they don't like. but she was a great speaker, and she had everybody wrapped. and everybody talked about her in the media the next day, which is really the key when it comes to these conventions. nobody had really heard from her before, but they have heard from michelle obama. so is the pressure higher for mrs. obama to really sort of punch through, get her message out there, and get headlines for tomorrow? >> it's true, people have been listening to michelle obama for four years now, even more than that. but actually, i've got to tell you, a lot of politicians love to say their spouses are their secret weapons. bu
CNN
Sep 5, 2012 12:00pm EDT
difference you make in people's lives. >> all right. that was michelle obama last night and we were watching it together and one of the things we were joking about is that she raised the bar when it came to the guns, right? we all -- and we are all going sleeveless now and we have to work on the biceps. >> and seriously, people were talking about that as well, and it is blowing up on twitter. in all seriousness, we did see michelle obama who is comfortable in her own skin and seemed like she was relaxed and really delivered a personal message. and dana, this seems like it is first lady who is growing, and who is evolving here h, a, and don't see hillary clinton, but michelle obama bringing in the women here. >> yes, and you heard her appeal to the women as overtly as ann romney did, because they don't have the gap that the republicans do, but it was fascinating of the way she felt she had to reintroduce the country to the person barack obama, and talking about his rusty old car and the way he asked her out on the date and of course, the kind of father he is. and of course, for the political
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
deliver the keynote address just as obama did eight years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they
CNN
Sep 5, 2012 1:00pm EDT
big speech from last night as well. first lady michelle obama getting the democrats fired up making the case for people to elect her husband to another four-year term. she ths that the issues facing the country are personal and she was personal in the speech last nig night, and michelle obama talked about how the president's decisions are focused on values and the family. take a listen. >> thank you. oh, my goodness. thank you so much. [ crowd chanting four more years ] >> with your help. with your help. let me start, because i want to start by thanking elaine. elaine, thank you. >>> i want to bring in the white house correspondent, brianna keilar and i must say that when you and i listened to the speech last night it is not something i that we had not heard before, but it did seem like she was very calm. she was very personalable, and very passionate about what she was saying. >> sure. it is nothing that we say, oh, that is new. we know the president's personal story and he came from the humble beginnings, but maybe a reminder to some of the voters that they are trying to hang on t
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
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CNN
Sep 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
job is commander in chief. we're talking about ann romney and michelle obama. they're trying to convince voters that the man they love is the best man for the white house. take a look at what happened last night when first lady michelle obama took the stage at the dnc. >> believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. we were so young, so in love and so in debt. and that's why barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. >> so in love and so in debt. if you look at some of the headlines, just really quickly, there's the daily news. she's a hit. we saw the same headlines with ann romney as well. she was a hit, too, so how did michelle do since we're on the news, and what about ann romney and the effect of ann romney? i want to bring in margaret hoover who is also the author of "american individualism." i want you to talk about exceptionalism. give me t
CNN
Sep 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
days. the president's wife, michelle obama, and of course bill clinton who the democratic party and the obama campaign in particular are turning towards big time now to try to be kind of a validator for what democrats can do with the economy because, remember, the economy was in great shape when he left office. >> that one little no will be tough to recover. dana bash live for us, thank you very much. >>> and here is a look at some of the key speakers who will take the podium at the convention tomorrow. first lady michelle obama will address the opening night of the gathering. on wednesday former president bill clinton will give the nominating address. and, of course, president obama delivers his acceptance speech. cnn coverage begins tomorrow at noon with wolf blitzer. submit your questions and get answers in real time live chat. logis on to cnn.com/roundtable to participate. >>> it's an election year which means the truth probably lies somewhere are in between the partisan talking points. let's talk some numbers. business correspondent christine romans joins us now. you did a little f
CNN
Sep 23, 2012 10:00pm EDT
television forever. >>> the first lady, michelle obama speaking out about voters' rights and talked about voter id laws, something my next guest says in a world is racism. matt's brakes didn't sound right... ...so i brought my car to mike at meineke... ...and we inspected his brakes for free. -free is good. -free is very good. [ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke. >>> republican lawmakers pushed voter id laws across the country and democrats are crying foul. we started our conversation with the remarks by first lady, michelle obama, at saturday night's caucus. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let any one discourage us from casting our ballots and we cannot make anybody make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> she says feel unwelcome in the voting booth. is it -- are people really -- is there really a strategy to make people feel unwelcome in the voting booth? the former president bill -- >> no. >> he said he never has seen it so blatant of not letting people
CNN
Sep 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
reporters about her lets move initiative. >> hi, i'm first lady michelle obama and i'm here to answer your ireporter questions. >> hi mrs. obama. we are out for our evening walk. >> we were wondering, what's your favorite way of staying fit and ahealthy. >> i try it find things that i enjoy doing. i recommend that to everyone. find what is fun for you. for me, i work out everyday at the gym. but i try to get some cardio in. i try do weight, plyometrics but not everybody enjoys the gym. not everybody enjoys being on the treadmill. people don't have to make it complicated. turning on the radio and dancing is also fun. that's something i do with my girls. we dance around a lot. >> hi mrs. obama. my favorite healthy snack is gold fish. what is the president obama's favorite snack? >> the president, oh, one of his favorite snacks is quacamole and nacho chips. he has a -- he is has a weakness for those. if he is watching a game, he can eat a whole bowl of quacamole and nachos. that's one of his favorites snacks. but thanks for asking. and keep eating your vegetables. >> i'm shari fro
CNN
Sep 23, 2012 10:00pm PDT
about how "the carol burnett show" changed television forever. >>> the first lady, michelle obama speaking out about voters' rights and talked about voter id laws, something my next guest says in a world is racism. you hr the quiet sneeze... ♪ [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour 3. [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] zyrtec®. love the air. join zyrtec® rewards. save up to $7 on zyrtec® products. >>> republican lawmakers pushed voter id laws across the country and democrats are crying foul. we started our conversation with the remarks by first lady, michelle obama, at saturday night's caucus. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let any one discourage us from casting our ballots and we cannot let anybody make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> she says feel unw
CNN
Sep 24, 2012 4:00am EDT
forever. plus i go one-on-one with justin bieber. >>> the first lady, michelle obama speaking out about voters' rights and talked about voter id laws, something my next guest says in a world is racism. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. >>> republican lawmakers pushed voter i.d. laws across the country and democrats are crying foul. we started our conversation with the remarks by first lady, michelle obama, at saturday night's congressional black caucus dinner. >> we all get a say in our democracy, no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let any one discourage us from casting our ballots and we cannot make anybody make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> she says feel unwelcome in the voting booth. is it -- are people really -- is there really a strategy to make people feel unwelcome in the voting bo
CNN
Sep 6, 2012 6:00am PDT
, tomorrow, will be saying, man, they have michelle obama, bill clinton, and president obama. i wish we had a murderer's row like that on our side. >> i have to wrap this up. a bit of breaking news we have to pass on to people. thank you, roland and will. as usual. >> you bet. >>> this is cnn breaking newses. >>> ok. now for the breaking news. a u.s. airways flight returns to the airport following a threat. our affiliate wpvi is reporting u.s. airways flight 1267 had already left philadelphia on its way to dallas when a threat was called in involving a passenger carrying an explosive liquid. it happened just after 7:00 eastern this morning. the plane is back on the ground. the plane will now be searched. of course we're going to monitor the situation. if they find anything or even if they don't, of course we'll pass it along to you. but for now, those passengers are pretty much stuck. we'll be right back. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. to money news this morning, one of the keywords used in both political conventions, jobs. this morning, the labor department says 365,000 people filed
CNN
Sep 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
obama and other democratic party officials. >> what about michelle sfwhoim if you had a chance to talk to her, what do you think you'd ask her? >> i'd have to think about that. but i think it would be a great opportunity to talk to her. >> yeah. let's talk about some of your previous interviews. they're pretty impressive. i got to tell you, one was newt gingrich. how did you get access to him? >> during the republican presidential primaries, we were at one of his campaign stops here in atlanta, georgia. and i got the chance to ask him a couple of questions. >> and what did he have to say? anything stand out. >> i can't say i remember the exact questions, but it was a great experience. >> actor jack black, i'm sure a memorable interview. >> very memorable. he was very funny. he was at zoo atlanta for the naming of an atlanta zoo panda. >> i love the picture of the two of you together. he was kind of fun? >> yes. he was extremely funny. >> who's been your toughest interview so far? >> my toughest interviews? i'd have to see my interviewees were all very cooperative. his a great time. tou
CNN
Sep 6, 2012 9:00am EDT
at midnight, piers morgan will wrap it all up right here at the cnn grill. >>> and tomorrow morning on "starting point," political activist and actor kal penn will join us. beau biden. steve israel. illinois governor pat quinn will join us as well. from the romney camp, we'll talk to texas senator kay baill iley hutchis hutchison. that is all ahead tomorrow. >>> "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >>> happening now in the newsroom, life of the party. bill clinton making the case to keep president obama in office. one headline summing up what a lot are saying about last night, the big dog shows how it's done. >> their number one priority was not to put america back to work. it was to put the president out of work. i hate to break it to you. but we're going to keep president obama on the job. >> this morning, we ask can clinton's magic put barack obama back in the white house? the price of politics. a new bob woodward bombshell alleging infighting. obama and boehner. one quote, it was increasingly clear that no one was running washington. >>> plus, the dnc up against mtv. the vmas are tonight. from the network that spearheaded the rock the vote campaign, are they shooting themselves in the foot here? >>> and next year begins now for the 32 nfl teams looking to take home the lombardi trophy. and what better way to kick off the nfl season than with one of the biggest rivalries, the cowboys and the giants. "newsroom" starts now. >>> and good morning to you. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. we begin in charlotte where democrats are setting the stage for the big finale. but an elder superstar of the party may have stolen the show. we'll listen to some key moments of bill clinton's rousing speech to the party faithful in just a moment. expectations were high, and by virtually all accounts the former president delivered. that will make a tough act to follow for vice president joe biden, who delivers a "primetime" address on this final night that culminates when president obama delivers his acceptance speech and makes the case why he should be re-elected. stock bill clinton, though. he made history even before stepping up to the podium. it is the first time a former president formally nominated his success successor. over the course of 48 minutes, he praised obama, mocked republicans, and electrified the democratic crowd. keep in mind clinton ad libbed nearly half of his speech. listen. >> i want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside but who burns for america on the inside. [ applause ] >> when president barack obama took office, the economy was in freefall. it had just shrunk nine full percent of gdp. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one, could have fully repaired all of the damage that he found in just four years. he has laid the foundations for a new modern successful economy. a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. when we vote in this election, we'll be deciding what kind of country we want to live in. if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society, you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. as the senate republican leader said in a remarkable moment of candor, two full years before the election, their number one priority was not to put america back to work. it was to put the president out of work. >> boo! >> well, wait a minute. senator, i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job. [ cheers and applause ] >> so let's view the speech from opposing perspectives on. the left, roland martin. on the right, will cain, a cnn contributor and analyst for the blaze. welcome, gentlemen. >> good morning, carol. we should point out to the viewer that that was not the entire speech. that was highlights. the entire speech was 49 minutes. i know that seemed long. but the real thing was much, much longer. >> he ad libbed nearly half the speech. >> you know what, carol? >> yeah. >> you know what? here's what is amazing. a lot of people talk about bill clinton's speech in 1988 at the democratic national convention in atlanta, how long it was, that was 36 minutes. i was on the floor. in that room. trust me, nobody ever even felt like 50 minutes. probably for will cain it was 50 minutes of getting his butt kicked, it was painful for him, so i'm sure he did not want to have to have that feeling for 50 minutes. >> before we go on, we have to show the image the democrats would say the coupe de gras, the hug between barack obama and president clinton. can we show the picture? they had on identical ties and it looked like matching suits. it was beautiful. the father of the attack ad said, shut the back door. clinton just handed obama the election. true? >> it's so sweet. >> will? >> it's so sweet. the chin on the shoulder, the back rub. it's so sweet. did it hand the election to president obama? no, i don't think so. look, roland pointed out in 1988, bill clinton gave a speech at the democratic national convention that was roundly criticized, and that time was only 36 minutes. this was 49 minutes. i'm going to agree with royland about something. it was a very, very good speech last night. former president clinton's speech, i don't know if it was a home run but it was up against the fence. and, you know, i would say this. set aside substance, carol, set aside the actual message of what he had to say, which is a funny thing to say in and of itself, he's one of about three guys who can make people listen for 50 minutes, to connect to the audience. the others are people like sarah palin and the other guy who will take the stage tonight, president barack obama. >> will, will, seriously, sarah palin will not make you listen for 50 minutes. but you know what, carol? this is one -- >> be objective. i said set aside -- be objective. >> i am being objective. i'm not trying to listen to sarah palin for 50 minutes. here is the deal. you talk about jealousy. and i'm serious. this is not in a mean-spirited way. i guarantee you republicans were saying, man, we wish we had a former president who can come out and be a statesman like and do that for us. obviously, president h.w. bush, you know, he's up in age. health is not well. he's really not out there. and frankly, president george w. bush, way too toxic for the republican party. that's the beauty of having a former president who can come out there. that one line we played when he said, i know none of my predecessors could have turned this economy around, that means you're bringing your experience to bear. that's what that was. and i'm sure republicans were saying, man, i wish we had us a bill clinton. >> two things stood out to me. one, clinton went off script. he ad libbed about half the speech. and two, instead of doom and gloom, there was joy. humor. a sense of fun. how does the rather scholarly barack obama top that, will cain? >> well, listen to what i just said. i'm not playing teams or spin or anything here. i think there are three people objectively who can connect with audiences and keep their attention, go off script, seem like they're giving you a real speech, a real talk, not reading a teleprompter. and i think those three people in the political arena right now are bill clinton, sarah palin, and president barack obama. so i expect the bar to be very high for president obama. >> why is sarah palin not part of -- wasn't part of the republican national convention, and she's really not participating much? >> because -- >> hello! >> because, carol, there's more than just being able to connect and hold an audience for 50 minutes. there's actual substance that matters as well. if you want to reintroduce substance now, which sarah palin falls short on, president clinton last night had several moments where he misconstrued facts, misconstrued his role as explainer in chief. he was not truthful in many points on the level of substance. but i didn't think we were talking about that. we were just talking about connecting, right? >> that's right. just connecting. >> roland, last word. >> yeah. here is the deal. will, that's nice. but you know that's not -- that ain't happening. she's not going to connect in that way. bottom line, bill clinton was extremely effective in framing the conversation. this whole notion of can president obama top it. of course, he can. but he has a different job. his job is to cast the vision, laying the next four years. but i do believe as pastor frederick dougla frederick douglass haynes often says, president obama should bowl down your alley and sit in your pew and get up close and personal and say i'm the one who will defend you and have your back when i'm in the oval office. that's the argument he has to make tonight. and i believe that he will, and i'm sure will, tomorrow, will be saying, man, they have michelle obama, bill clinton, and president obama. i wish we had a murderer's row like that on our side. >> i have to wrap this up. a bit of breaking news we have to pass on to people. thank you, roland and will. as usual. >> you bet. >>> this is cnn breaking newses. >>> ok. now for the breaking news. a u.s. airways flight returns to the airport following a threat. our affiliate wpvi is reporting u.s. airways flight 1267 had already left philadelphia on its way to dallas when a threat was called in involving a passenger carrying an explosive liquid. it happened just after 7:00 eastern this morning. the plane is back on the ground. the plane will now be searched. of course we're going to monitor the situation. if they find anything or even if they don't, of course we'll pass it along to you. but for now, those passengers are pretty much stuck. we'll be right back. >>> 13 minutes past the hour. to money news this morning, one of the keywords used in both political conventions, jobs. this morning, the labor department says 365,000 people filed for new unemployment benefits last week. that's actually down 12,000 from the week before. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. let me point out if you're one of those millions of people out there who are out of work, you know, we all know these numbers probably aren't going to resonate. but there is a bit of improvement in these numbers. at least when you start crunching that data. fewer people than expected filed for first-time unemployment claims last week with the level now sitting at its lowest since the beginning of august. but the thing is, it's still stuck in a tight range, that 365,000 number. we really want to see it keep dropping as opposed to hovering the way it has over the last six weeks. now the monthly employment picture is also beginning to come into focus this morning. payroll services says private employers added 201,000 jobs in august. that came in much better than expected. this report by the way is kind of the appetizer to the big government jobs report coming out on friday. keep in mind adp revised july's numbers higher. it could be a good sign ahead for the jobs report coming out tomorrow. >> what is wall street expecting from this big jobs report tomorrow? >> well, first of all, the adp report could make analysts a little more optimistic about tomorrow, but we've seen very cautious estimates about the number that could come out tomorrow. analysts surveyed by cnn money expect the economy added 120,000 jobs in august. that's of course after adding 163,000 jobs in july. the unemployment rate is expected to hold right where it is at 8.3%. keep in mind, the big picture here is the third to the last jobs report we are going to get before the elections. so you can guarantee that the campaigns are going to make hay, whatever the number is. republicans, they are likely to say, hey, look, the glass is half empty. the job creation isn't enough to bring down the unemployment rate. and then the democrats are going to say, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month when president obama took office. and now the economy has added jobs for 23 straight months. guess what, carol? both sides would be right, if they said that. carol? >> alison kosik, live at the new york stock exchange. >>> many of the swing states this election also areas where the housing market had the biggest collapse. now there are some signs of recovery. according to realty groups in these areas, home prices are up in three key states. nevada, florida, and ohio. in las vegas, the median price for a single family home is up 9% over last year. in florida, it's up 7.8%. while in ohio, those prices rose 4.9%. according to the experts, housing prices are starting to recover in most areas of the country. >>> today, democrats are basking in the glow of bill clinton's fiery speech, and they are hoping they snuffed out the embers of a smoldering debate that revolved around the party's initial omission of two elements from the platform. one, any mention of god. the other, recognizing jerusalem as the capital of israel. both were added with a voice vote. oh, but it was ugly. listen to the delegates here. >> i'll do that one more time. all those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye! >> all those delegates opposed, say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 have voted in the affirmative. the motion is adopted, and the platform has been amended as shown on the screen. >> cnn's dana bash is at the dnc and joins us to add some context to this. dana, this is clearly is a distraction. could it have lingering effects? what does it mean really? >> it could have lingering effects. i think the answer to that would have been yes had the democrats not moved relatively fast to fix it. the question that we really haven't been able to answer is why did it happen. and the "it" of course are those two big omissions. one the fact that the word "god" was in the platform four years ago and many years before that. in a graph when it was talking about hard work and people's god given rights, that was omitted. but i think maybe the more political dicey omission was the fact that they took the fact that jerusalem is the capital -- or should be the capital of israel out. because that was put in four years ago, and i remember it at the time, as a way for president obama, then senator obama, who didn't have the greatest relationship with the jewish community, who he needed very badly in some key swing states like florida, as sort of an olive branch. democratic officials from the top down, including debbie wasserman schultz, who is the dnc chairwoman, sat right here on soledad o'brien's show in the last hour and didn't really have an answer as to why it happened. i talked to one obama campaign official pretty high up who just admitted candidly they messed up. that's why they moved to fix it. there was an outpouring of criticism from within the democratic party that they took the particular language out about jerusalem. about you you're right. you just played it. it did not go very well on the floor of the party. it certainly was an embarrassment. it was a little bit chaotic. nobody really knew what was going on. but you know what, carol? there were days before you and i covered politics that that was minor compared to the fights that parties had on the floor of the convention. maybe it's back to the future, back to the old days where god forbid something is not scripted. >> i think the next time we'll hear about it is in the debates coming up between barack obama and mitt romney. i have a sneaking suspicion that mr. romney will bring that jerusalem thing up. >> you may be right. >>> "washington post" journalist bob woodward has a revealing new book chronicling last year's fight last year over the debt ceiling. it's based on interviews with president obama, house speaker boehner, and other lawmakers who were at the negotiating table. woodward says the white house seemed unprepared to negotiate. "the washington post" also quotes the book as saying, he was spewing coals, boehner told woodward, in what is described as a borderline presidential tirade. he writes, quote, it was increasingly clear that no one was running washington. that was trouble for everyone, but especially for obama. the timing of the book is being questioned because romney is not part of the story. >>> bill clinton took to the stage at the democratic national convention, and he's getting some rave reviews. so what exactly does that mean for barack obama? talk back, next. how did i get here? dumb luck? or good decisions? ones i've made. ones we've all made. about marriage. children. money. out tomorrow. here's to good decisions. who matters most to you says the most about you. massmutual is owned by our policyholders so they matter most to us. massmutual. we'll help you get there. my name is adam frucci and i'm the i love new technology,om. so when i heard that american express and twitter were teaming up, i was pretty interested. turns out you just sync your american express card securely to your twitter account, tweet specific hashtags, and you'll get offers on things you love. this totally changes the way i think about membership. saving money on the things you want. to me, that's the membership effect. nice boots! >>> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, will bill clinton's magic put president obama back in the white house? it was classic bill clinton. charm them, cajole them, but most of all, most analysts say, bill clinton got it down. that is persuade undecided voters to re-elect president obama. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. >> many analysts think president clinton made the case for president obama better and more clearly than mr. obama has, for example, that question, are you better off today? president clinton said, heck, yeah. >> when president barack obama took office, the economy was in freefall. it had just shrunk nine full percent of gdp. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. >> cnn contributor and republican alex castalano said, shut the back door. clinton probably just got obama re-elected. never mind the two men aren't exactly friends. hillary, anyone? but last night, all appeared to be forgiven. and that hug between the cool obama and the cuddly clinton seemed, well, heartfelt. the talk back question for you today, will bill clinton's magic put president obama back in the white house? facebook.com/carolcnn. your comments later this hour. >>> bill clinton's speech, of course, will be a tough act to follow. but president obama will give it a go in charlotte tonight. the question is, what is president obama going to say? we'll find out. 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jimmy carter and michelle obama on the list of first day speakers. we'll have more from charlotte coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> people are still talking about clint eastwood's speech at the republican convention. he was given topics by the romney campaign but the rest was up to him. that empty chair he was talking to, he added that on his own at the last minute. romney called the speech, quote, unique. >>> to belle chasse where rescue crews are going door to door. the area was hit hard by flooding. this morning the water is receding giving a clearer look at the damage. george howell is in belle chasse this morning. george, good morning. what are we learning about the search and rescue efforts there? >> randi, good morning. we know search and rescue operations according to an official i just spoke with start from sun up to sundown today. they will continue that here in plaquemines parish. i want to make sure you understand we're talking about east bank and west bank. the slivers of land that run parallel to the mississippi river out to the mouth of the mississippi, a l
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are getting ready for the debate, first lady michelle obama is speaking out on voting rights. she spoke at the professional black caucus gala last night about the importance of protecting the right to vote. >> we all get a say in our democracy no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let anyone discourage us from casting our ballots. we cannot let anyone make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> now, the first lady didn't specifically refer to it, but there is an election battle brewing right now over americans' access to the voting booth. a lot of states have passed laws that many people say could make it harder to vote. those laws could be game changers come november. joe john shows us how. >> reporter: in the past two years, almost every state in the country has introduced or passed some kind of restriction or change to the voting laws. 41 out of 50 states since the last mid-term election. we're talking about all kinds of changes to the voting laws here, for early voting, voting registration, absentee ballots, and almost al
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loses. michelle obama touted what her husband has done for gay and lesbian voters. >> whether passing hate crimes or speaking out for all americans to be able to do what barack and i did, marry the love of our lives. >> want to know how to fight common colds with your spices fromour kitchen? how about helping an ear ache with olive oil and garlic? it's possible. we have must see alternative treatments for you and your family. >>> welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." it is 42 minutes past the hour. from coughs to headaches, more and more americans are turning to alternative treatment. it's a broad term from foods and spices to yoga, acupuncture and massage. dr. lawrence rosen is one of the experts leading the way on this. his new book, "treatment alternatives for children" focuses on treatments for children. such an interesting topic. a lot of people talking about this. tell us what kind of things we are talking about here and why try some of these over say, pills and real medicine? >> it's a great question. i came to the book through one of the parents in my practice who said, you
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michelle obama. >> mayor villaraigosa, the crowd went wild, look at you. you're still basking in it as well. it's no secret the republicans have said that might be their secret weapon because it might be hard to follow and it also might remind people that president obama is not president clinton. your thoughts? >> actually, it's going to be an absolute assistance to the president. this was a shot in the arm that was a rocket launch, if you will. president clinton is not just a great orator, he's a great teacher. in many ways, it wasn't just a great speech. it was a very simple explanation of how we got here, the free fall that we were in as an economy, what president obama did to put the brakes on that free fall. and i thought it was an amazing, amazing speech. you know, the fact is, you guys have been talking a lot about enthusiasm and whether or not it was absent. we saw it on tuesday with michelle obama. we saw it last night with president clinton. we saw it when the two of them came together. let me tell you, there's no question in my mind that president clinton helped send this ca
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off. but let's talk about the leading ladies because both michelle obama and ann romney both out in the past week showing a more, you know, human side to their husbands. just take a quick listen. >> i have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what's missing right now in the economy, what -- you know, the pieces that are missing to get this jump started, so for me i think it would just be the emotional part of it. >> i can make him mad. i'm probably one of the few people who can really make him mad. >> how do you make him mad? >> any number of ways. >> okay. so interesting. are these wives helping or, you know, hurting their husbands in this buildup to the election? >> well, they're definitely helping with their public image because they're the most likable parts of each ticket really, but i feel as though they could be helping a lot more because that ann romney clip continued to her saying that the only thing she's concerned about is if romney wins, she's concerned
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, north carolina but can president barack obama re-ignite the spark from four years ago? all the action of the democratic national convention gets under way officially on tuesday. first lady michelle obama will take to the stage. former president bill clinton will also speak and you can watch all of it right here on cnn. >>> likely you want to know exactly what that experience is like firsthand on the democratic national convention? from the inside perhaps, tuesday join the cnn election roundtable with wolf blitzer and cnn's political team. submit your questions, get answers in realtime in this live virtual chat. don't miss the cnn election roundtable tuesday, at 12:00, noon eastern time by logging onto cnn.com/roundtable. >>> two days away from the kickstart of the dnc and already a gathering not far from the convention site. these people say they are part of the occupy movement. they say they want to close the gap between the poor and america's super rich who they call the 1%. we a they say they plan to camp out during the three-day democratic convention. . mitt romney and paul ryan a
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kinds of things i would be listening for. finally, he has to bring the heart we saw michelle obama touch on. 2008, he was this candidate that in spired so much passion in people. that has waned is an understatement in four years, some people feel bitterly disappointed. can he reconnect and resell that brand and make people have that crush on him again they had in 2008. >> oh, the crush on obama. we'll look for those three points. we'll look for you as well, part of our primetime coverage of the democratic national convention. the whole thing kicks off 7:00 eastern, wolf blitzer, anderson cooper, the rest of cnn's political team. and 10:00 is the hour in which the president will officially accept his party's nomination for re-election. at midnight, piers morgan will put a wrap on the 2012 dnc for us on cnn. i will be watching. i hope you will be as well. >>> i want to take you back to mitt romney. moments ago he spoke about the democratic national convention. >> i think it will be interesting to listen to the president tonight. what i'd like him to do is report on his promises, but there
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michelle obama has her let's move campaign. we're all on the same page when it comes to living healthier lifestyles. >> what do people say when they see you strolling into town? how do they react to you? >> you know, typically, don, the first question i get is, are you really walking across america? and they're just like, wow. and then i have a bunch of different questions and i always answer them. >> lose any weight? you look thin. >> not really. i've gained muscle. >> and endurance, i'm sure. good luck to you. >> thank you, don. >> thank you for walking. >> great meeting you. >>> all right. so moving on now, people stranded in their cars, they had to be rescued, flash floods. it is scary stuff. i'm going to show you where and the water will rise again this weekend. we'll tell you about that, next. . it's the only mouthwash with a new tartar control formula for a dentist clean feeling. ahhhhhhhh. [ male announcer ] new listerine® ultraclean™. power to your mouth™. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a few inche
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, cnn on the tu turkish-sir ya turkish-syrian border. >>> michelle obama in charlotte. we'll talk to wolf blitzer after this quick break. >>> before we move along and talk gas prices, this is a sneak peek. this is the first lady in charlotte. as soon as she steps on the that stage we'll bring you more live pictures and bring in wolf blitzer. she's speaking tomorrow night in primetime. >>> let's talk about those gas prices setting a record high this labor day making a tough situation for a lot of you travelers on this holiday, but is there good news ahead? let's hope so. alison kosik joins me. will we see a drop any time? >> relief should be on its way soon. the reason we've been seeing gas prices go up is we've had a lot of these short term problems. the biggie is hurricane isaac last week. most of the refineries had to shut down or cut back on production. the down time kept the process of making gasoline happening. it was more of a supply and demand issue. other factors pushed prices higher as well. one oil analyst says that prices could wind up dropping 20 cents over the next month
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, michelle obama. >> shannon, that's so fascinating about politics. four years ago bill clinton was saying nasty things about barack obama when his wife was running for president. now he's a valued asset for the obama campaign. shannon travis, thank you. we look forward to hearing from you during the democratic national convention. >>> protesters are already in charlotte getting a jump on this week's convention. the protest was called march on wall street south. cnn's joe johns spent some time talking to demonstrators today in charlotte about their motives and plans. >> reporter: here in charlotte, and the run up to the democratic national convention, the march onall street south had been subject to a lot of hype but came off without a hitch with only two arrests and no reported violence. >> hey, hey, ho, ho, wall street south has got to go. >> reporter: between two and 10,000 people were predicted for this march. only a few hundred showed up, but they were loud. >> our children get sicker. your pockets get bigger. >> reporter: about what you would expect for a march against the banks that
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michelle obama as she gardens in the back and she gets her message out about exercising and eating right, but that's michelle obama. what about the candidates themselves? are they looking at this as serious as it is? >> right. they both say that they are looking at it. so president obama has already mandated healthier school lunches, and his office says he wants to do even more to make school lunches healthier. of course there's the let's move campaign from his wife. we reached out to the romney campaign because we couldn't find anything on their website about obesity. and the campaign did not get back to us. but we did see that in 2007, romney said yes, we ought to have healthier school lunches, but he was very clear. he said i don't want the federal government to mandate that. i want states and local school systems to do that on their own. >> and then i'm reading in the local paper this morning, and it's all over the wires as well about kids in america eating too much salt. in fact, eating as much salt as we are, grown-ups. >> yes. and we are eating too much salt. so take a look at the
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